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Interactive Storytelling

Volume 9445 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 269-281

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New Dimensions in Testimony: Digitally Preserving a Holocaust Survivor’s Interactive Storytelling

  • David TraumAffiliated withUSC Institute for Creative Technologies Email author 
  • , Andrew JonesAffiliated withUSC Institute for Creative Technologies
  • , Kia HaysAffiliated withUSC Shoah Foundation
  • , Heather MaioAffiliated withConscience Display
  • , Oleg AlexanderAffiliated withUSC Institute for Creative Technologies
  • , Ron ArtsteinAffiliated withUSC Institute for Creative Technologies Email author 
  • , Paul DebevecAffiliated withUSC Institute for Creative Technologies
  • , Alesia GainerAffiliated withUSC Institute for Creative Technologies
  • , Kallirroi GeorgilaAffiliated withUSC Institute for Creative Technologies
    • , Kathleen HaaseAffiliated withUSC Institute for Creative Technologies
    • , Karen JungblutAffiliated withUSC Shoah Foundation
    • , Anton LeuskiAffiliated withUSC Institute for Creative Technologies
    • , Stephen SmithAffiliated withUSC Shoah Foundation
    • , William SwartoutAffiliated withUSC Institute for Creative Technologies

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Abstract

We describe a digital system that allows people to have an interactive conversation with a human storyteller (a Holocaust survivor) who has recorded a number of dialogue contributions, including many compelling narratives of his experiences and thoughts. The goal is to preserve as much as possible of the experience of face-to-face interaction. The survivor’s stories, answers to common questions, and testimony are recorded in high fidelity, and then delivered interactively to an audience as responses to spoken questions. People can ask questions and receive answers on a broad range of topics including the survivor’s experiences before, after and during the war, his attitudes and philosophy. Evaluation results show that most user questions can be addressed by the system, and that audiences are highly engaged with the resulting interaction.

Keywords

Video Natural language dialogue Holocaust survivor testimony